Echinacea Root (Echinacea purpurea)

Practical uses: Echinacea root is an immune-stimulant that increases overall resistance to disease. The herb is also useful in treating the early phases of bacterial or viral infection. Echinacea speeds resolution of colds, flu and all kinds of upper respiratory infection. The herb makes an anti-inflammatory treatment for infected wounds and the bites of reptiles and insects. Echinacea is also a potent sialagogue (promotes salivation).